Following up on the North America Nakba Tour that visited Chattanooga during Human Rights Month in December 2018, the International Solidarity Movement and two internationally renowned activists, Rana Nazzal and Joe Catron, visited Chattanooga to raise awareness about the current state of human rights issues in Palestine. The group spoke to the Political Economy and Middle East Politics classes at Southern Adventist University and convened a public talk "Straight From the Frontlines of Palestine" at The Well on the Southside, which is a member church of the Adventist Peace Fellowship.
Paul Larudee of International Solidarity Movement-Northern California said, "A human rights advocate multiplies her/his effectiveness by combating Israeli human rights violations on the ground in Palestine.
We need advocates everywhere, but being in Palestine is an exponential change. In fact, when you return, you will find yourself far more effective at home than before you left."
Gandhi Global Center For Peace Co-Founder Missy Crutchfield said, "The work for nonviolent revolution in Israel-Palestine, Egypt and across the Middle East is the final frontier of civil and human rights. And Palestine specifically has become a metaphor for ending global occupation and oppression. Gandhi spoke to it. Mandela spoke to it. And Gandhi reminded us that fear is the enemy, not each other, and ultimately it will be love that conquers all."
The North America International Solidarity Movement Tour is administered by the International Solidarity Movement – Northern California.
Local Chattanooga partners working with the committee to bring the North America International Solidarity Movement Tour to Chattanooga include Gandhi Global Center For Peace and The Well on the Soutside, a member church of the Adventist Peace Fellowship.
The Facebook live video and radio show interview on WGOW Talk Radio 102.3 FM are available for replay in coverage of the visit on Gandhi's Be Magazine here